Shout! Factory // 2012 // 120 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Alice Nelson // September 22nd, 2012
What a mother won't do for her children.
My girls just love My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and watching it with them as they giggled and squealed during this five-episode collection, made the program far more enjoyable than it would've been otherwise.
The My Little Pony toy was created in the early 1980s by Hasbro. In 1984, the first animated half hour series premiered, and these ponies haven't looked back since. The current incarnation airs on The Hub Network (formerly Discovery Kids), a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is pretty sweet, possessing an air of innocence we don't see in many kid's shows these days. The target audience is definitely little girls who love the toys, and are probably daughters of mother's who played with My Little Ponies as children. There's even a fringe group of college guys called "Bronys," who are strangely infatuated with this new Pony franchise. I'm sure Hasbro welcomes anyone who wants to patronize their products, but if these grown men want to play Ponies with your little princesses, I suggest you call law enforcement. In any case, it's nice to see children's programming that harkens back to the days when kids could be kids, before they were encouraged to emulate scantily clad teenage pop stars.
Watching Royal Pony Wedding is almost like sitting through a Broadway production. Each episode contains elaborate musical numbers, and husband thinks these catchy and appealing songs are the producer's sneaky ploy to get kids interested in the theater. You never know. The main characters are Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash. These PFFs (Pony Friends Forever) traipse around Ponyville doing good deeds, jetsetting between their hometown and Equestria, the royal pony city where their friend Princess Celestia lives.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a fun show parents and their little girls can enjoy together. It's got that syrupy appeal the youngins love, but contains enough sly humor to keeps mom and dad interested, while avoiding that cringing feel often found in shows this sugary. The personalities of these ponies remind me of my own three girls and how they play with each other, so this DVD release has a special place in my heart. There are only five episodes, but if your kids are anything like mine, they'll be wanting to watch them over and over with the same excitement they had the very first time they saw them.
Adobe Flash is used to animate the show which is presented in standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The colors are crisp and clear, representing that wonderfully happy Ponyville vibe. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix highlights the musical numbers, as well as the cutsie dialogue.
Parents, this is worth a purchase for two very important reasons: 1) You will be a hero when you pull this gem out of your Amazon smiley face box; and 2) The ponies will keep your lovely children ocupado for quite some time, giving you a two hour reprieve to read or score that well-deserved nap.
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Studio: Shout! Factory
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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